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Old 23-06-13, 11:12 PM
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ZEUS (Fractal R4 | blue/black | internal UT60 Rad) - by alpenwasser



General Build Info

Until this spring I had one PC (besides my laptop), which served as my work machine
as well as my data and media server. Since moving into our new apartment in fall
2011 we (primarily my dad and I) have been wanting to make a proper media PC
and a proper data server for all our data which we can also access from the outside
world via VPN connection. This would avoid having to sync between different work
machines and instead allow us to have one primary data repository (besides the
backups of course).

So along with my new primary rig (HELIOS, still under construction) we've decided
to create a new machine this spring, intended for both HTPC and server purposes.
Aside from that, it will also do some BOINC computing (I had the 2600k laying around
anyway, might as well use it). ZEUS is that rig.

The Name

Zwieback Exceeding Useful Specifications.

Because: Why not? Zwieback is a hilarious word, and in English doubly so
(I don't know why I think that, I just do.)


Main PC Guts
  • M/B: MSI Z77A-GD65
  • CPU: Intel i7 2600k
  • RAM: TBD
  • GPU: Onboard
  • SSD: Intel 335 60 GB
  • HDD's: 4 x WD RE4 2 TB
  • HDD's: 3 x WD Red 3 TB
  • PSU: BeQuiet 550 W
  • Case: Fractal Design R4 w/ window side panel and a custom rear panel

W/C Parts
  • CPU Block: EK Supreme HF Acetal/Copper
  • Pump: Aquacomputer Aquastream Standard
  • Res: Aquacomputer Aquainlet blue anodized
  • Rad Fans: 3 x SP120 quiet
  • Radiator: Alphacool NexXxos UT60 360 mm


Software
  • OS: Arch Linux 64 bit
  • Storage Software: ZFS via ZFS on Linux (bloody awesome! )
  • Other: Will be connectable from outside our network via VPN


Modding

As can be seen on the pictures I have replaced the rear panel of the R4 with a new
custom one. Since I have no need for a dedicated GPU card I don't really need the
PCI-E slots.

This layout allows me to have proper W/C as well as a decent amount of HDDs inside
a still fairly compact case (which will be placed inside a sideboard in our living room,
so it can't be too large).


Temps

Temps are pretty good at the moment (although I'm still @stock for now):
  • Ambient temp: 23.7 C
  • Idle temps: 31 C, 31 C, 28 C, 27 C (four cores)
  • Load temps (BOINC): 44 C, 45 C, 43 C, 42 C (stock voltages)
  • HDD temps when CPU is under load: 41~42 C (RE4), 32~33 C (Red)


Future Updates

I'm very happy with the build, but I'm currently a bit tight on HDD space. Out of the
17 TB available, 5 TB are used for parity by ZFS, which leaves me with only about
12 TB of usable space. Out of that I currently only have ~1.8 TB left free, which is
a bit tight.

Therefore I will have to either modify HELIOS to add some decent amount of HDD
space to it (which I didn't plan originally), or I will possibly mod this case to add some
additional HDDs to it (connecting them via a SATA add-on card and a riser PCI-E
card, for which there is enough space between the M/B and the radiator). The nice
thing (among others) about ZFS is that you don't need to spend lots of money on
expensive RAID cards. ZFS works best when your disks are connected as JBOD,
for which a rather inexpensive disk controller will do perfectly fine.

Also, there is still overclocking to be done.


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Old 24-06-13, 01:03 AM
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mmm dem Monsoon fittings
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Old 24-06-13, 08:22 AM
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Nice rig there mate have I seen this somewhere before
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Old 24-06-13, 11:37 AM
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mmm dem Monsoon fittings
Hehe, I do rather like them I must say.

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Nice rig there mate have I seen this somewhere before
What?! Where?!
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Old 24-06-13, 05:22 PM
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That is really awesome! A very creative way to put a 360mm rad in a case like that, great work
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Old 25-06-13, 11:09 AM
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That is really awesome! A very creative way to put a 360mm rad in a case like that, great work
Yeah it took me a while to get to that idea, but once it was in my head I just
couldn't get rid of it.

Thanks!
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Old 26-06-13, 11:17 AM
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Very nice work there Guv!

Those Monsoon fittings look the biz! How easy are they to work with?
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Old 26-06-13, 11:36 AM
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Very nice work there Guv!

Those Monsoon fittings look the biz! How easy are they to work with?
Thanks mate!

Actually they can be a bit tricky, depending on the tubing. The tubing I'm using here
is Primochill's Primoflex Pro. I have to watch out not to push the tubing completely
down to the fitting's base, otherwise it's almost impossible to screw the compression
nut onto the fitting. If I leave about a millimetre of space between the tubing's end
and the base of the fitting it works quite well though.

Also, one must be careful not to slip with the supplied tool which is used for tightening
down the compression nut, it's quite easy to slip, and when you do you usually scratch
the fitting.
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Old 29-06-13, 12:49 PM
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Build of the week on Linus Tech Tips, nice

I also had a question; What is your fan lay-out like? Front intake, rear exhaust?
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Old 29-06-13, 01:01 PM
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Build of the week on Linus Tech Tips, nice

I also had a question; What is your fan lay-out like? Front intake, rear exhaust?
Yeah, together with my sleeving for HELIOS being featured on Lutro0's FB
feed I'd say yesterday was a pretty good day for me.

It's the other way around, actually. In at the back (3 x SP120 QE), out at the
front (the stock Fractal 140 fans). This is because it will eventually be placed
inside a sideboard, and we've made some holes into its back walls for the intakes.
The sideboard can be closed at its front, so this makes a bit more sense since
the back can always intake fresh air.

I'll post pics once that's done, but at the moment ZEUS is serving as my main
rig until HELIOS is finished (which might still take a while ).
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